Today is "I Am a Mentor Day" and January is National Mentoring Month, so we thought we would share why we mentor or why we feel mentoring is important.
How did it get to become September? We’re already a week in. The last of our campers have flown home and gone back to school. I asked our team what their proudest moments of #CRSFcamp were, and here’s what they shared:
The week of March 23-27 was “National Youth Violence Prevention Week.” The City of Baltimore decided to take part and host a number of events throughout the week to bring awareness to, and prevent youth violence.
One of the events included was the Baltimorphosis Changemaker Awards presented by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Leana Wen. The award recognized four adults and eight youth in Baltimore City who went above and beyond to reduce violence in their communities and schools.
"Grow your team of mentors and mentees.” – Jason Collins, on how to close the gap between kids who need a consistent, caring adult in their lives and adults who could be those positive role models
On January 28th, 29th, and 30th, hundreds of individuals from organizations all around the country came together to share their experiences and hopefully learn something about mentoring at the 2015 National Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC.
One of the key principals of “The Ripken Way” is to celebrate the individual. When you work with kids, you quickly learn that each kid is different—each has their strengths and their weaknesses, and also their own way of playing and learning. It’s up to you as a coach to reinforce their strengths and help them build skills and improve where they can.
Looking for a new game to play with your kids? Try Kickball 2.0!
Kickball 2.0 is a hybrid mix between kickball and a relay race. It combines teamwork, communication and hustle to make a fun and fast paced game!
- Baseball/Softball field, open grass field, or large gym
- Set of throw down bases
- Dot cones
Check out how one of our partners in Santa Monica, CA is running their Badges for Baseball program. Athletic Director, Jesus Gonzalez, gives us the scoop:
About the BGC of Santa Monica:
Since 1944, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica has given kids and teens what they need to succeed in life in a safe and nurturing environment. The Club provides youngsters with the foundation to develop socially, succeed in school, stay physically active and prepare for positive futures.
Icebreakers are a great tool for people to get more comfortable with one another. That starts with learning names. We believe in making it fun, and this icebreaker does just that!
· Group size: 5 – 30
While the Badges for Baseball program uses baseball as the initial hook to get kids to participate, the program doesn’t have to be baseball exclusive. The lessons taught in the HCHC curriculum can apply to any activity!